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A few months ago, in Westmoreland, I blindly entered a room full of friends. When I could see again I was surrounded by light and those men were my brothers. I was in the Clinton-Hampton Masonic … more
Alan Chrysler, who is retired from both the Air Force, the Navy, and Revere Copper, traveled all the way from Taberg just for a spaghetti dinner at the Lowell United Methodist Church. He’s an old … more
“Someday my granddaughter might come to me and say, ‘Grandpa I have to leave the area to find a job,” Dennis Bova, candidate for NYS Assembly 119th district said. “That’s gonna kill me.” … more
“Tell me what a county clerk does,” Oneida County Clerk candidate Dave Gordon was asked. “Why do you want to be one?”As Union Station buzzed all around him he responded, “It’s all about … more
Utica College Emergency Medical Services coordinated a 9/11 Flag Remembrance Monday in the Strebel Student Center. It was organized by Westmoreland’s Anthony Scalise III, the founder and Chief of … more
“My heart is in law enforcement,” Sheriff Rob Maciol says after 30 years in the profession. “It’s about public service. Not a day goes by that I don’t make a positive difference in people … more
On Sunday, Sept. 9, the Lowell United Methodist Church observed the events of9/11 with a rededication of their memory garden out infront of their church.This was followed by an ice cream social in … more
On a 90-heading to-100 degree Aug. 28, I sat across a conference table from Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, as she tried to convince me that someone at a protest outside of Cavallo’s … more
I hit my head on a slab of cement in the Oriskany Creek last week. It was hard enough that it still hurts when I rub the Rogaine in every morning but not so bad that I felt like I needed an MRI. … more
“After it’s over, everyone always says you want to put the pads on again.”Dawson Cook was talking about playing for the Westmoreland Bulldogs.“Well, I got the chance to put the pads on … more
About eight years ago I refused to buy any Proctor & Gamble products. No Crest toothpaste, no Tide detergent, no Bounty paper towels, I did without all of it.I was angry for the way the company … more
The weather on Saturday was all wrong for an ice cream social. For the first time in months it was chilly, and it rained and rained. But, I went anyway.Two days earlier I had been in a news report … more
“We thank God for the sunshine, so we might as well thank God for the rain,” Pastor Fred Bailey told his congregation at Lowell Methodist Church.I was in the pews and his words resonated with me. … more
This week I got to put these journalism skills I’m developing to work for the voters in Westmoreland. I talked to both candidates for our district’s seat in the U.S. Congress, the incumbent … more
“Every town is unique,” Kristen Wilczek told me across an array of designer purses displayed on a picnic table in the Westmoreland Town Park. “But, Westmoreland has that extra … more
Jason Robinson won a silver medal and four bronze medals at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) Word Games in Ireland and returned to a hero’s welcome.It began at the airport in … more
Country musician Ty James put on a cowboy hat, strapped on his guitar and opened the Westmoreland Historical Society’s Flag Day celebration with a stirring rendition of the Star-Spangled … more
When Neil Hogan woke up from his coma the doctor told him he only had six months to live.The seizure that sent him to the hospital was the first clue that something was wrong, the first symptom of … more
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere,” community organizer Jen Deweerth said to a crowd of 75 people holding candles outside Rome’s City Hall.She was quoting from the works of … more
WESTMORELAND — Four-month-old Connor Smith cooed just as the Rev. Dr. Tom Hast exhorted his flock to celebrate the life God has given them. The congregation chuckled at the serendipitous little … more
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